The Changed Paradigm of Business Progress
Every era in history deserves its own credit for the progress it brought. Although we may look back today and wonder how the people in previous centuries managed to get by, it remains important to understand that for them, those were critical times of newness, immense challenges, and progress.
Considering the fact that management was still in a developmental stage as a way of guiding people by rules, the 20th century displays numerous learning opportunities to us through what we now consider poor management that was exerted, especially in its first half. With the industrial revolution fully in operation, the emphasis was more on output and quality control and less or not at all on employee satisfaction. Oftentimes, there was one single style implemented, and usually, that style was heavily task oriented and not so much people oriented. It was like being forced only to waltz while the world played many kinds of music (Crosby, 1992).
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